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Taxonomic revision of the genus Silene (Caryophyllaceae) in North Africa.

Project summary:

The present project proposal aims to understand the infrageneric classification of the genus Silene (Caryophyllaceae) in North Africa. Funding provided by IAPT Research Grants Program in Plant Systematics will help me with the costs to travel and analyse some French and Switzerland herbaria. Therefore, the analyses of those materials are necessary to understand the high morphological diversity of Silene in North Africa and propose a new circumscription to the non-monophyletic groups with a new identification tool.

Cost: $


Melilia Mesbah

Highest degree:

Master degree

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Current student


Flowering plants

University of Adberrahmane Mira Bejaia, Algeria

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Mesbah M., Bekdouche F., Véla E. & Sahnoune M., 2019 – Silene sessionis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 2019 (3): e.T72458759A72458763.

Referee 1:

Bengt Oxelman

Referee 2:

Errol Véla

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Scientific merit


1.  Contribution to novel methods for research in systematics and taxonomy and/or
     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

2.  Contribution to the generation of novel systematic data

3.  Quality and significance of questions being addressed

4.  Adequacy of methods for testing hypotheses (data collection/analysis/use of different tools)

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Broader Impacts


7.  The research will yield durable benefits (revisions, databases, websites)

8.  Potential of the proposed project to generate an impactful publication

9.  The proposed research involves outreach/mentoring and broad dissemination

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